• Badlands formations against the blue sky; photo by Rikk Flohr


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    Construction crews are replacing the parking lot in front of the visitor center. Please follow the signs, park in the side lot, and use the side doors. The Ben Reifel Visitor Center remains open every day from 8 am to 4 pm.

Special Distance Learning Videoconference Offerings for National Fossil Day

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Teachers, take your students on a virtual visit to Badlands in celebration of National Fossil Day™!

Badlands National Park harbors the richest known beds of mammal fossils from the late Eocene and Oligocene. To celebrate National Fossil Day 2012, we're bringing these fossils to classrooms around the country by offering special distance learning videoconferences.

Programs on National Fossil Day itself booked up swiftly. Due to this overwhelming demand, we have added a second day of videoconference offerings on the following Wednesday, Oct. 24. Every half hour, teachers and students can use Skype or IP Connect to join a park ranger for a live, interactive program introducing the beauty of the Badlands rock layers and the fossil wonders contained within. Programs will last approximately twenty minutes and will include examples of fossils from creatures that roamed the earth millions of years ago.

Reservations are required, and should be submitted no later than Thursday, Oct. 11. Please submit reservation request forms by emailing the Park Education Specialist.

Part of Earth Science Week, National Fossil Day is a celebration organized by the National Park Service to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational value. 2012 marks the third annual National Fossil Day. Events are organized at fossil-bearing sites around the country. For more information, please see the main National Fossil Day website.

Did You Know?

The white water of Sage Creek

Available water in the badlands is always loaded with sediment. Cloudy and milky white in appearance, the water contains particles that carry a slight charge of electricity. The particles repel each other, instead of settling to the bottom. Early visitors found the water unsuitable for drinking.